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Compagnie des Montres Longines
|Member of the Swatch group|
|Walter von KÃ¤nel, President|
|Wristwatches, timing devices/systems|
|â¬70.3 million (2009)|
Number of employees
|The Swatch Group Ltd.|
A Longines self-winding watch with several horology complicationsâchronograph, moon phase, day, date and month display.
Longines (French pronunciation: â[lÉÌÊin], LAWN-zheen) is a luxury watch company based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, it is currently owned by the Swatch Group. Its winged hourglass logo is the oldest registered trademark for a watchmaker.
Based in Saint-Imier since 1832, the Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon S.A. was among the worldâs leading watch companies. In 2007, Longines had its 175th anniversary. The brand evolved from a comptoir[n 1] to a full-fledged manufacturing[n 2] operation and then back down to an Ã©tablisseur[n 3] today, since the early 1980s, as a Swatch Group company.
- ^ In a business system based on an agreement between producers or salesmen, the comptoir acts as the intermediary between them and their customers.
- ^ A manufacture is a watch factory which produces the components (particularly the Ã©bauche) needed for the manufacture of its products. The Ã©bauche is an incomplete watch movement sold as a set of loose parts, comprising the main plate, the bridges, the train, the winding and setting mechanism and the regulator.
- ^ An Ã©tablisseur is a watch factory which only assembles watches, without itself producing the components, which it buys from specialist suppliers.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Longines.|
- Official site
- The Swatch Group
- Thermocompensation: Methods and Movements
- Longines' VHP movement - a different ETA quartz